Responses of medullary neurons to microstimulation of the "locomotor strip" in cats

V. A. Selionov, M. L. Shik

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Synaptic responses of medullary neurons to stimulation of the bulbar locomotor strip with a current of about 20 μA were studied by an extracellular recording method in mesencephalic cerebellectomized cats. The mean latent period of response of 177 neurons was 3.2 msec. Neurons in which synaptic responses appeared were located in both the lateral and the medial parts of the reticular formation, but short-latency responses were recorded predominantly in the lateral part. In response to a single stimulus 32% of neurons generated a discharge of 2-4 spikes. "Respiratory" neurons were not excited by stimulation of the locomotor point. The results indicate that neurons of the locomotor strip may have an excitatory action not only on each other, but also on neurons located medially. The possible mechanisms of the spread of activity to the superior cervical segments of the spinal cord are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1981


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